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The Indie Music Review Board brings you daily reviews of new and classic independent (indie) music albums, singles, mixtapes, music videos and compilations, similar artist suggestions, free streaming, and music download links for the ultimate music discovery experience.

Music Review: The Beauty Around Us by Jim Gaven | Soundtrack Album | Stream free | Soundcloud


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SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS

16-05-2019 21:14 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Soundtrack artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Soundtrack performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Jim Gaven
"The Beauty Around Us"
Soundtrack


Make me feel good

New Jersey, US singer songwriter, Jim Gaven has brought us so many heartwarming records over the years. From songs about love and heartache to friendships, life and everything in-between. He's one of those artists that takes everyday subject matters and polishes them in writing till they shine bright like diamonds and seem much more special than one could have ever imagined. He is also known for his deeply touching guitar melodies and just over two months ago he released this sensational 6 track album. It's an album that you can throw on at any time to quickly set a mellow and peaceful or pensive mood. It's one of those albums that'll take you to the moon without trying too hard.

It has a mildly sedative effect that will make you feel so good and is so easy on the ears you'll get chills.

Music Review: Give Me Love by The Socialytes | EDM Song | Stream free | Soundcloud |


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EDM REVIEWS

16-05-2019 20:45 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming EDM artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie EDM performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


The Socialytes
"Give Me Love"
EDM


For your heart only

The Socialytes was a Baltimore, US electronic DJ duo that achieved near legendary status in Maryland where they were known and are still known for their successful gigs and club nights. Their sound is still unique today as an electronic sound that is both intoxicating and electrifying yet doesn't scream out "synths". It was and still is an electronic sound so good it feels organic. The duo have now split up to pursue solo careers but right before their split, they released "Give Me Love" which turned out to be one of their most successful records, if not their most successful. It's a track that is guaranteed to get everyone on their feet immediately. It's got a beat that leaves you no choice but to jump in empathy and a melody so sweet you'll hold your head. It features an exceptional vocal performance by independent Maryland singer songwriter, Sinead Fahey.

Music Review: The La-La Song by Christina Custode | Adult Contemporary Song | Stream free | Spotify | iTunes


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ADULT CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS

16-05-2019 19:54 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Adult Contemporary artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Adult Contemporary performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Christina Custode
"The La-La Song"
Adult Contemporary


If heaven sounded so good ...

Christina Custode sang her way into the hearts of unsuspecting New Yorkers only a few years back with the release of "The Mistletoe Song" before quickly returning to completely blow all their socks way out of visible range a few months later with the release of her debut album, "I". The album set the tone for what has become an illustrious independent music career that has taken the independent New York star around the US several times to perform at some of the country's popular live music venues, concert halls and music festivals. Christina has also received 5 Grammy nominations. "I" was a classic album that is still receiving high praises up till today, over 7 years after its release. Featured on the album, "The La La Song" was just one of several songs that brought a breath of fresh air and so much joy to many discerning music fans who had been advocating and are advocating more so today than ever before that music is becoming less and less "musical". It stayed clear of everything the mainstream had to offer while delivering some of the best of the best adult contemporary fans had heard in a long time, and it was recognized as an exceptional performance in both mainstream and independent circles as was the whole album. It is a song that, much like the title suggests will leave you singing la la la-la la la-la-la-la-la and whistling down the high street without a care in the world. With just a piano and some minimal backing instrumentation, this song will brighten up any day no matter the weather - it doesn't matter whether your bills have suddenly catapulted to an all time high or you're out of muscle relaxers and are quickly loosing your buzz. This is one of those songs that will instantaneously inject you with happiness, put a big smile on your face and caress you gently.

Music Review: Stick To The Code by Hoolie Gu | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | YouTube | Soundcloud


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

16-05-2019 18:31 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Hoolie Gu
"Stick to the Code"
Hip Hop


There comes a time in life when it's essential to go back to basics and rediscover our inner selves. If you are a die-hard hip hop fan the time is now and the place is Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, USA, home of some of the pioneers of hip hop and some of the greatest rap artists of all time, and your host is Hoolie Gu one of the most highly revered new rappers to emerge from the region in a very long time, who went on tour with Chief Keef of Glo Gang and 1017 Brick Squad, Gucci Mane's record label last year. His rap style has been described as fierce and sleek, and he is an artist that is poised to go far in 2019. "Stick to the Code" takes listeners through the streets of Brooklyn and tells his story. It's a record that is not to be played with - Hoolie means business. It'll take you back to the exciting early days of hip hop when creative story telling could put fire in your soul and make you rob a bank just to express yourself. It's slow with an ominous piano beat and repetitive lyrics that would put a baby to sleep, but be careful - sleep is the cousin of death in this part of New York, or so they say.

Explicit.

Music Review: Civil War by Ez The Lyrical Skitzo | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

16-05-2019 17:38 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Ez The Lyrical Skitzo
"Civil War"
Hip Hop


Going to the bank music

The latest record by Philadelphia, US underground hip hop sensation, Ez The Lyrical Skitzo, a.k.a Ezus Christ is here. It was released just over 16 hours ago and it is already causing pandemonium far and wide. It features Pennsylvania underground rapper Frank Petrelli and Denver, Colorado rapper Benny Bugz. With masterfully orchestrated machine gun flows all the way through, you won't be able to catch you breath before the track is over.

This is the record you play when your confidence is through the roof - whether you just hit a lick, got a job, bought a brand new car, paid some bills or popped a Viagra. Instrumentally, you'll feel like you are surrounded by a thousand rattle snakes and a pride of lions, and they're all your friends. Lyrically, as the track suggests - it feels like a war in progress with each rapper delivering the best of his best before being rapidly succeeded by the next. It's one of those hip hop records that slaps you in the face left and right until you gain the ultimate focus and you feel like a sensei for merely understanding the words that have been said.

Explicit.

Music Review: Full Circle by Straight Six | Rock Song | Stream free | Bandcamp


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ROCK REVIEWS

16-05-2019 17:09 GMT




Straight Six
"Full Circle"
Rock


The sound of liberation

Rock 'n' Roll 101

A powerful, exciting rock 'n' roll album that means business. If you like your rock loud, energetic and fiery, this one's for you. Denver, Colorado, US's new independent rock sensation, Straight Six holds nothing back in their debut album with 10 thoroughly satisfying, hard-hitting tracks packed with furious riffs, loud screams and performances that will set your soul on fire. Features the critically acclaimed single, "Middle of the Ride". Also listen out for "Cry All Night", "Joneser's Lane" and "What Would I Give".

Available on Vinyl and CD.

Music Review: Ghosts by Wylder | Folk Song | Stream free | YouTube | Apple Music


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FOLK REVIEWS

16-05-2019 16:52 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Folk artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Folk performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Wylder
"Ghosts"
Folk


Sweeter than candy.

It will take you back to the days of The Beatles and then whisk you away to heaven for tea with Lennon and Harrison - sadly you'll get kicked out for idolising them. 


Don't bother listening to this song if you've got or are prone to cavities, you'll be in for a painfully satisfying rush like you get every time your sweet tooth gets the best of you and you reach for your secret stash once again. To cut a long story short, listening to this song is like pulling teeth - you don't want to do it (because it makes the real world seem so dull afterwards), yet once you've done it you're so happy you are not even sorry you appreciate everything a little less than you did prior. If you're having a bad day and you need a quick pick-me-up this is not the song for you. This bad boy will take you so far away from your troubles you'll feel unsafe to go back. This is one of those records you'll probably want to reserve for very special occasions like your birthday, or Jesus' birthday. It's hard to say that about any song on the market today including old school records but that is the simple truth. Washington, US quartet, Wylder is about to release their second full length album and this is the first taste of it. If you've spent any time at all listening to popular music this decade you'll need to clean out your ears and forget about the best records you heard. Now hold on to the moment when the Q-tip hits your sweet spot and your toes are all curled up and then hit the play button just this one time, just to hear what you are in for before tucking it carefully away in your music collection for a really special occasion that is coming your way, fingers crossed.

Disclaimer: Q-tips are dangerous when used improperly, no matter how good they make you feel.

Music Review: Andre Iguodala by Tyam Shakur | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud | Spotify


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

16-05-2019 15:52 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Tyam Shakur
"Andre Iguodala"
Hip Hop


So West Coast.

With the release of "Feelings" back in 2015, Tupac Shakur's son, Tyam Shakur got on the radar of die-hard hip hop fans and caught the attention of the biggest names in entertainment after several years honing his craft behind the scenes. He went on, and continues to blaze a trail in hip hop like no other independent artist has done before, with a brand new sound that's ever so familiar and ever so dearly missed. His old school rap style, carefully crafted lyrics and pensive delivery coupled with everything that's new and good in hip hop production today is keeping fans excited and the industry following ever so closely as he makes his mark. He's not trying to be the next Pac, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and hence you can always here that unmistakable West Coast flavor and mafioso vibe deeply embedded in his tracks. Released back in 2018, "Andre Iguodala", has been rated by many as one of his best tracks so far. It's got fire, a powerful, deeply refreshing, slow burning groove, a go-getter vibe and a beat that will put you in the driver's seat of a crispy clean old school Impala and have you riding slow through the city with a pistol in your laps and a fat bank roll looking for some good w*** and some b****** to f*** (after a hard day's work of course).

Explicit.

Music Review: Lazy Days by Trevor Ohlsen | Pop Song | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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POP REVIEWS

16-05-2019 13:50 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (May 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Trevor Ohlsen
"Lazy Days"
Pop


Award-winning!

Spectacular


Trevor Ohlsen's latest single, "Lazy Days" was released on the 3rd of May to critical acclaim in Michigan, USA where he's from and beyond, and it is already being predicted to be one of the top independent summer hits of 2019. It's got such an uplifting and liberal feel it'll make you want to fly away. The record is evidence of Trevor's exponential growth as an artist over the past year, and it is safe to say he has peaked at an all time high once again both lyrically and stylistically. It's a bigger, crispier sound production-wise, and performance-wise, it is much more laid-back and effortless.